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Moto G 5G quick review: Near perfect phone

Moto G 5G sports a big display, packs a triple camera setup on the rear, and all this for about Rs 20,000. But are these reasons enough for you to consider this phone? India Today Tech explores in the quick review.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | November 30, 2020 | Updated 17:28 IST

Highlights

  • Motorola has brought back the iconic Moto G in India with 5G support.
  • The smartphone is the most affordable in India to come with 5G connectivity
  • Motorola Moto G 5G has been launched in India for Rs 20,999

Motorola has brought back the iconic Moto G to India with 5G support and has taken the competition in the mid-range segment to a whole new level with the device. The Moto G 5G is the most affordable in India to come with 5G connectivity and has been launched at around the price of Rs 20,000. With Moto G 5G, Motorola has also introduced a new processor -- Snapdragon 750G to the Indian market.

The Moto G 5G also sports a big display, packs a triple camera setup on the rear, and all this for about Rs 20,000. But are these reasons enough for you to consider this phone? I got to spend some time with the Moto G 5G and here is what I think about the device.

Moto G 5G: A pocket pleaser?

Indians love anything that offers more on a budget. While 5G might be a distant dream for users in India, the Moto G 5G is still the cheapest phone to come with 5G connectivity. The other phone with similar specs and 5G support is the OnePlus Nord but it is priced slightly higher than Moto G 5G at Rs 24,999 in India.

Now, 5G connectivity is one of the biggest takeaways of the Moto G 5G, but apart from that, the company has not cut corners on other fronts. Moto G 5G comes with a big and impressive display. It features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) LTPS panel for watching movies and playing games on it. Nord which competes with the Moto G 5G comes with a slightly smaller 6.44-inch display. While I did like the size and the viewing angles of the display, I found the device to be a bit clunky. Despite the weight, one-hand operations were pretty seamless in this design.

Yet, it cannot be denied that the Moto G 5G can be heavier compared to other phones in this segment. As far as the design language is concerned, Motorola has adopted a minimalistic style. There are glass panels on the front and the rear of the smartphone. Below the glass coating on the rear panel, a textured design dominates the theme. For review, I received the Volcanic Grey color. While I did swoon over the color a bit, I was a tad unnerved by the fingerprints the rear panel attracted.

However, if you are up for a minimalistic design and a powerful spec sheet, the phone is sure to appease you.

Moto G 5G: Performance and other important areas

Moto G 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. The processor is new to the Indian market and needless to say, it makes the smartphones amazingly fast. For storage, the phone comes with 128GB internal storage capacity but if you want more, you can expand it up to 1TB using a micro SD card. The smartphone has been launched in a single storage variant so you have no choice there.

The Moto G 5G runs on Android 10 out of the box. The near-stock Android UI is fairly easy to use and it doesn't bug you with repeated notifications from pre-loaded apps because there aren't any. You will only find the Google apps and a few apps by Motorola to customize your settings. However, those apps are absolutely harmless.

Moving to the camera, the Moto G 5G features a square-shaped camera island at the rear. The camera module consists of 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. I have not spent much time with the phone but I can say the smartphone captures clear and crisp images during daylight. It has an intuitive camera feature that suggests which mode to use while capturing an image. For instance, if you trying to click a close-up picture of something, a pop-up message will appear and ask you to "switch to macro mode". If you tap on the pop-up, the macro mode will be turned on automatically. This feature could be useful in capturing perfect pictures. I am yet to explore its low-light and night photography. To know about that, you will have to wait for the detailed review.

Now moving to the final segment and the most important segment, battery. For this, Motorola has crammed a 5000mAh battery into the Moto G 5G. So far, the battery seems fine to me but I will have to test it further to determine its true capability.

Moto G 5G: Should you buy it?

I have not spent a considerable amount of time with the Moto G 5G but as per the initial impression, It seems like a good-enough phone. It comes with a big display, a good battery, and a decent design that should not disappoint potential buyers. The smartphone has a good camera setup that comes with powerful features including quad-pixel and night vision. However, only after using the smartphone for a few more days, I will be able to judge the performance. My in-depth review will be out in a couple of days so do stay tuned to India Today Tech to find out more about the device.

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